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Don't pour holiday grease down the drain

Posted Dec. 6, 2017

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The holidays, with their fried turkeys, buttery foods and gravy, can be hard on the diet — and on pipes and sewer systems.

When fats, oils and grease are washed down the drain, they stick to the inside of pipes, hardening and building up until they cause clogs and sewer backups. This can cause sewage to overflow into homes, streets and waterways. Whether the repairs are in your home or in the street, it can be costly and inconvenient. If the sewer overflows, city crews have to shut down streets, tying up traffic and increasing expenses for both residents and the city.

So instead of washing your grease down the drain, take part in the 2017 Holiday Grease Roundup and recycle it for free. The Holiday Grease Roundup runs through Jan. 8.

In Fort Worth, take used grease to the Environmental Collection Center, 6400 Bridge St. The center is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Put your used cooking oil in a sealed plastic container with a screw-top lid (maybe even the same container the oil came in). Put used grease in a container with a plastic lid, like an old coffee can. You may want to transfer your containers in a cardboard box or plastic bag so you do not have to worry about any leaks.

Check out this video for some quick tips on how to easily transfer your used cooking oil.

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City Plan Commission Work Session: noon Dec. 15, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street, 2nd Floor.
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City Plan Commission: 1:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street, 2nd Floor.
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Cookies with Santa at Andrew Doc Session Community Center: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 2017; Andrew Doc Session Community Center, 201 S. Sylvania Ave .

Christmas Gala at Southside Community Center: 6 p.m. Dec. 15, 2017; Southside Community Center, 959 E. Rosedale St.

Holiday Shop 'N Drop at Hillside Community Center: 8 a.m. Dec. 16, 2017; Hillside Community Center, 1201 E. Maddox Ave.

Historic and Cultural Landmarks Commission Special Meeting Work Session: 12:30 p.m. Dec. 18, 2017; City Hall, second floor, City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
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Historic and Cultural Landmarks Commission Special Meeting Public Hearing: 2 p.m. Dec. 18, 2017; City Hall, second floor, City Council Chamber, 200 Texas Street.
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Canceled Fort Worth Transportation Authority Board of Directors Meeting: 3:33 p.m. Dec. 18, 2017; Intermodal Transportation Center, 1001 Jones Street.
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Task Force on Race and Culture: 5 p.m. Dec. 18, 2017; Oak Hall, Deborag Beggs Moncrief Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard.
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Fort Worth Housing Solutions Board of Commissioners Public Meeting: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 18, 2017; M.H. Moore Elementary School Library, 1809 Northeast 36th Street.
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Notice of Public Hearing - 1215 Terminal Road: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 18, 2017; Library, M.H. Moore Elementary School, 1809 Northeast 36th Street.
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Canceled City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. Dec. 19, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Human Relations Commission Special Called Meeting: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 19, 2017; Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, Room 201 AB, 818 Missouri Avenue.
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Firefighters' and Police Officers' Civil Service Commission: 6 p.m. Dec. 19, 2017; Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex Auditorium, 505 West Felix Street.
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Canceled City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. Dec. 19, 2017; City Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Board of Adjustment Commercial Work Session: 9 a.m. Dec. 20, 2017; City Hall, second floor, City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
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Breakfast & Bingo at Southwest Community Center: 10 a.m. Dec. 20, 2017; Southwest Community Center, 6300 Welch Ave.

Board of Adjustment Commercial Public Hearing: 10 a.m. Dec. 20, 2017; City Hall, second floor, City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
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Board of Adjustment Residential Work Session: 12:30 p.m. Dec. 20, 2017; City Hall, second floor, City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
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Collective Bargaining Negotiations between the City and the INternational Association of Fire Fighters, Local Union 440: 2 p.m. Dec. 20, 2017; IAFF Local 440 Office, 3855 Tulsa Way.
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